If there is a hot game out right now, it would have to be the newly-rebooted Prey from Arkane Studios and Bethesda. The team at Arkane have crafted a first-person shooter that feels like System Shock and BioShock mixed together, with some new tweaks on the enemies in the game, and the setting in which you play: space.
The main reason that Prey looks so good is that Arkane Studios powered the game with CryEngine, and it is a re-imagining of the 2006 release of Prey from Human Head Studios, with Arkane building Prey as a spiritual successor to System Shock.
Prey has been heralded as one of the best games of 2017 so far, and in a world where we haven't had a System Shock game for over a decade, and without a new BioShock game - and after the disappointing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Prey is here in great form.
Built With CryEngine
Arkane Studios built the world of Prey inside of Crytek's beautiful CryEngine, seeing you controlling a first-person shooter in a sci-fi thriller setting with aliens that have taken over the Talos I space station.
If you remember the original Crysis, and all of the #canitruncrysis hashtags and memes since the mid-2000s, Arkane hit a home run with CryEngine with Prey. It's an incredibly well-optimized game that runs beautifully smooth on even mid-range graphics cards like the Radeon RX 580. Maintaining 60FPS+ at 1080p and 1440p isn't a problem, and that's something that Arkane should be applauded for.
Another benefit is that we might be getting to a point where more game developers will start using CryEngine since the engine is optimized in Prey. You don't need a GTX 1080 Ti or AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega to run Prey at over 60FPS, or on Ultra graphics settings. Crytek could benefit more than Arkane here, where I hope more game developers start working with CryEngine.
Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060
We decided to check out the game on AMD's latest Radeon RX 580 graphics card while stacking it up against two GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards. The first is NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition, while we also tested MSI's new GTX 1060 Gaming+ with the overclocked 6GB of GDDR5 @ 9Gbps, compared to the 6GB of GDDR5 @ 8Gbps on the GTX 1060 FE.
This gives us a perfect spread across the 1080p and 1440p resolutions, while we also ran Prey at both Medium and Ultra visual settings. I left out 4K and 3440x1440 because these cards aren't something I'd recommend for those resolutions, but we'll be doing a follow-up article with GTX 1070, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN X(p) results.
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United States: The Prey - PC [video game] retails for $11.99 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Prey For PC retails for £35.97 at Amazon UK.